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Healthy teeth, healthy gums and now…. healthy sleep?
For those who have never consulted a dentist about treatment for sleep apnea, bruxism (teeth grinding), TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joints/temporomandibular joint dysfunction) and snoring, it may be time to make an appointment.
Dental sleep medicine is a fairly new segment of dentistry that is growing segment of dentistry. It that focuses on managing snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy (OAT) – an effective alternative treatment to the standard Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and mask.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) uses a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. By supporting the jaw in a forward position the OAT device prevents the airway from collapsing. Studies show that oral appliance therapy is more often used, as directed, than a CPAP.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
According to the AADSM (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine), 30 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes them to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night from anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. If left untreated, sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening condition that can increase the risk for serious health problems from congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence.
Loud and frequent snoring is not just a nighttime annoyance; it is often a red flag for larger health problems. Understanding the impact of snoring on health, and the treatment options available, helps snorers make smarter, healthier lifestyle choices that are sure to positively impact them and their families for the long term.
We can help determine if your snoring is indicative of a more severe problem. Call Powell Dental to make an appointment (614-389-9762).
Bruxism and TMD
People who grind and clench their teeth while they sleep, known as bruxism, can damage their teeth and add intense pressure to the joints and muscles of their face and neck. For patients who suffer from bruxism and/or TMD (a dysfunction of the jaw joint often as result of excessive bruxism), a night guard could be the life-altering solution to living with daily symptoms such as: pain in the jaw, face, ears, neck, and shoulders, as well as headaches, swelling of the face, difficulty chewing, and lockjaw. Our Powell Dental team cares about your quality of life, and key to that is a peaceful night’s sleep. Our dentists will listen to your concerns, offer treatment options, and guide you through the process.
What is a night guard?
A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is designed to treat bruxism and TMD. The night guard fits over your teeth and prevents your teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep. Our caring dentists, Dr. Waddell and Dr. Lahm, provide custom-made night guards to protect your teeth and alleviate the painful symptoms of bruxism and TMD.
At Powell Dental, our custom night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth so they are very comfortable for you to wear. Night guards protect your teeth from clenching or grinding at night and can improve your quality of life.
The Powell Dental team has extensive education in the treatment of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. We truly care about your health and ability to get a restful night’s sleep. Please contact our office for more information about sleep apnea, bruxism and TMD (614-764-0174).
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Your smile is your signature for a successful and happy lifestyle. Call Powell Dental Care today! Our dental office serves Powell, Dublin, Worthington, Lewis Center, Delaware, and the surrounding areas. We look forward to exceeding your expectations.